What has God done for you?
What have you done for God?
Sometimes those questions are easy to answer. Sometimes they are hard. And the answers vary from one of us to another, but we all share those questions in common. These questions are our stewardship theme for 2016, as we as we all receive and use God's gifts in our lives throughout the year.
On Sunday April 24, two Calvarians reflected on those questions. You can listen to the sermon from the link on this page. Then reflect on the questions yourself - using any or none of the reflection questions below. Share your answers on our Facebook page, or in conversations we'll have at various times in church.
* Don compares God's gifts to birthday gifts, and points out that you never see someone reject a gift at a birthday party. Have you ever done that?
* Why do people give you gifts? When you give a present, what do you want the receiver to do with the gift? Does that give you any ideas about how and why God gives gifts?
* There are all kinds of ways to think about what God has done for you - not just spiritual gifts. Are there things God has done in history that matter to you? In creation?
* Annie and Don both point out that we are most truly ourselves when we are using our spiritual gifts - these gifts are what make you YOU. These gifts aren't always skills and talents. Sometimes they are places, people, quirks, or ways of life. Does that help you identify any gifts in your life?
* It can sometimes be harder to think of what we have done for God than what God has done for us. Some things are so everyday we might forget that God cares about them. Others may feel long ago and far away. But start with the assumption that you HAVE done something for God in your life (you have, I promise). What might that be?